The Beast from the East draws a lot of flak for attracting gapers and is sometimes referred to as K-Mart. But nicknames aside, Killington offers decent skiing and riding on extensive and varied terrain. The resort is situated in central Vermont and spans six peaks (seven if you include the lovely Pico Mountain). Killington Peak is the highest at 4,241 feet (1,293m); the others include Skye Peak, Ramshead Peak, Snowdon Peak, Bear Mountain Peak, and Sunrise Mountain Peak.
The reason for the crowds? The freeride is good, the freestyle at The Stash is excellent, and there are pistes to suit every level of skier and rider. There are steeps, classic winding trails, and plenty of mogul fields. The vertical drop is 3,050 feet (930m), although that final 1,000 feet is questionable, and the longest run is six miles. There is also good straight down the fall line by The Double Dipper.
Beginners should board the K1 –Express Gondola which will whisk them to the mountain’s summit where they can practice sliding on easy greens. High Traverse, Great Northern and Home Run are all nice runs for newbies which offer panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
As for the après, it’s legendary according to OnTheSnow visitors who rated the resort’s nightlife No.1 in the North East: Read OTS Visitors’ favourite nightlife.
Transport from NYC
Driving time: 270 miles/5hrs10
Killington is located 12 miles east of Rutland, Vt. Rutland and Albany, N.Y., have the closest airports. New York City and Boston are also within driving distance.